Summer Abroad Programs

Suggested Ages 15-19

Spend summer abroad with Dragons immersing yourself in local cultures. Learn a language, explore the world, and discover yourself. Dragons offers summer study abroad and travel trips in India, China, Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and more!

Asia  13 programs


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“My home-stay in Tana Toraja was life changing. When I left, they cried just as hard as I did. It was so powerful knowing that I had touched someone’s life that radically, and that they were able to touch mine in the same way in just one short week.”

Morgan AvisIndonesia: Community & Conservation

Indonesia

Community & Conservation

Description

Experience the majesty of the most diverse archipelago on Earth: live with sea gypsies, attend a Torajan buffalo ceremony, and discuss conservation initiatives for world-famous coral reefs.

Dates

Jun 28 - Aug 8

Land Cost

$8,555

Availability

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“I learned the most from the homestay. I learned that the simple things life can really make me the happiest. I learned that sitting around, reading and relaxing with my family does not mean I’m wasting a day. And I learned that strong connections can be made without words.”

Flora SugarmanCambodia: Peace & Development Studies

Cambodia

Peace-Building & Conservation

Description

Examine issues of resource management, international development and peace-building through an intimate engagement with regional experts, learning service projects and home-stays.

Dates

Jun 28 - Jul 28

Land Cost

$7,175

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Be ready for anything. Go into every activity open minded and push yourself. Take advantage of the experience because you will regret it if there’s anything you don’t do while you are here.

Maxine SternMyanmar: Development Studies and Social Transformation

Myanmar

Visions of Democracy

Description

Explore one of Asia’s last frontiers: discuss the impacts of globalization on local communities, build core competencies in learning service, learn the core tenets of Theravada Buddhism.

Dates

Jun 28 - Jul 27

Land Cost

$7,425

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“This trip was really therapeutic for me, and I didn’t expect that. I was able to do a lot of self-reflection which in turn taught me a lot about myself and clarified things I’ve struggled with for a while.”

Grace RubinSikkim: Himalayan Studies

Eastern Himalayas

West Bengal to Sikkim

Description

Explore the rich traditions of the Himalayas through a study of comparative religion, artisan apprenticeships and current environmental challenges. Engage with local culture through home-stays and mentorships.

Dates

Jun 28 - Jul 28

Land Cost

$7,475

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“This trip was simply AMAZING! I always thought of how by just being here, it would be a life changing experience, but it was meeting new people and listening to their perspectives that really made the experience more significant. I wouldn’t change a single aspect of the trip.”

Judith GarciaNorth India: Identity in Exile

North India

Identity in Exile

Description

Examine the roots of Tibetan identity: join refugee communities for a learning service project, discuss the impacts of climate change in the Himalayas, and trek into the sacred Changtang Plateau.

Dates

Jun 28 - Aug 8

Land Cost

$8,080

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“I can feel my life from here on out to be taking a new shape. You gave me such an opportunity this summer, not just to travel to this magical place, but something to hold on to that has sparked a new light, purpose, and ambition in my life. I am so grateful.”

Brigette BarnatoNepal: Traditions of the Himalayas

Nepal

Traditions of the Himalayas

Description

Discover the mysticism of the Himalayas: trek into remote mountain communities, participate in a meditation retreat, and witness post-Earthquake reconstruction efforts.

Dates

Jun 28 - Jul 28

Land Cost

$7,085

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“It is a wild path that we walk, a crowded one (not exactly the Road Less Traveled), but a path that also seethes with culture, happenstance, and vigor. I have, thus far, felt blessed to be able to walk upon this path, and I look forward to the many miles ahead – to the woods so lovely, dark, and deep – and to all the things ahead that shall surprise and challenge me.”

Oliver GrayChina: The Silk Road

China

The Silk Road

Description

Explore the diversity of China’s people and cultural traditions: live with yak herding families on the Tibetan Plateau, trek through Kyrgyz villages high in the Pamir Mountains, learn about Uyghur culture and the history of Islam in China.

Dates

Jun 28 - Aug 8

Land Cost

$8,315

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“I did not expect to see so much of Thailand – and so many sides of it – and to visit such exquisite places that were once in a lifetime opportunities.”

Leticia NazarianThailand: The Spirit of Greng Jai

Thailand

The Spirit of Greng Jai

Description

Explore the idea of reciprocity: participate in hands-on learning service projects, live with remote hill tribe communities, and study Theravada Buddhism along Thailand’s pristine coast.

Dates

Jun 28 - Jul 28

Land Cost

$6,915

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“When we reached the top, we could see our pasts and our futures placed before us in the treacherous mountains and distant fields. As darkness settled on the Wall, we had a moment to pause and reflect on the constantly shifting courses of our lives. This is China. It is wild and ancient, beautiful and dangerous.”

Haley HogartyChina: A Comprehensive Survey

China

Change & Tradition

Description

Experience the diversity of China today; explore urban and rural realities in booming cities and remote areas on the edges of Tibet; learn about current social issues and the dramatic changes that China has gone through in recent history.

Dates

Jun 28 - Jul 28

Land Cost

$7,125

Availability

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Latin America  7 programs


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“I can’t describe how much this trip has meant to me. This is all a new world to me, but I can surely feel myself reflect deeper than I ever have before.”

Joanna GilPeru: Sacred Mountains

Peru

Sacred Mountains (4-Week)

Description

Celebrate Peru’s unbelievable diversity: motor into the Amazon River Basin in a dugout canoe, live with Quechua families in the heart of the Andes, and visit the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu.

Dates

Jun 27 - Jul 28

Land Cost

$7,450

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“While this trip has been extremely challenging in many ways, I never regretted any moment. I am so thankful for this experience, and for the ways I have been pulled out of my comfort zone in so many directions.  I am sad this trip is coming to its end, but I know the memories and relationships we have all made will last a lifetime.”

Yasmeen FaisalPeru: Sacred Mountains 6

Peru

Sacred Mountains (6-Week)

Description

Celebrate Peru’s unbelievable diversity: travel along tropical waterways, live with Quechua families in the high Andes, and explore the threads of past and present in the land of the Inca.

Dates

Jun 28 - Aug 8

Land Cost

$8,305

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“I learned more than I could have imagined, gained independence and confidence, took risks, challenged myself, pushing my limits. I now have new interests and a better understanding of the rest of the world.”

Rebecca StrullBolivia: Identity and Development

Bolivia

Spirit of the Andes (6-Week)

Description

Immerse yourself in the Andes: perform a ritual ceremony for Pachamama, trek over snow-swept passes, and discuss the impacts of large-scale resource extraction with local communities.

Dates

Jun 28 - Aug 8

Land Cost

$7,860

Availability

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“At last, the moment came, we unloaded or backpacks from the van, put on our headlamps, and followed our guides up the path to begin our scary, yet thrilling climb up this perfect triangle known as Santa Maria.”

Joan BinalinbingGuatemala: Spanish Language Intensive

Guatemala

Spanish Language Intensive (6-Week)

Description

Investigate issues of social justice through Guatemala’s thirty-six year civil war while improving your Spanish language skills through individualized 1:1 instruction.

Dates

Jun 28 - Aug 8

Land Cost

$7,280

Availability

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